Unlike Obama’s broad mandate in 2008 and 2012, GOP mandate is highly questionable. Even Chris Matthews (sometimes very egocentric and erratic) who now seems to hate Obama and always now looking for every opportunity to attack him was saying the other day that he is right about the mid-term–Ebola effect and other nonsense mattered most. This man appears to have lost his mind, and usefulness!
Republicans won because most of Obama’s voters–young people, Latinos, Blacks, religious minorities, single women, even the elders–failed to show up at the polls in huge enough numbers. So many progressives stayed home on election day. These are people unhappy for the most part that Obama, as a “Messiah” was not walking on water or did not keep all his promises.In 2016, a Presidential year, they will almost all go back to their Democratic base and natural home.
Therefore, for Republicans to interpret this mid-term as a big mandate for wacko politics in America will be a big mistake!Sen. Cruz said after the elections that he is right that extreme Republican ideas and ideological positions win. WRONG! Even the extremists of the Republican Party, for the most part, had to moderate their ideas in debates and political ads. in order to win. That happened notably in Ohio and Colorado. As well, McConnell selected his candidates carefully, mostly non-wackos.
So, if you happen to hear Republican shouting their “mandate” to your ear, think again! This SHOUTING is going now daily on Capitol Hill. Ironically, Republicans seem to respect mandate only when they win.Look how they have been treating the President about his huge 2008 and 2012. From day one, they swore never to cooperate with him or allow him to implement his agenda. McConnell mounted unprecedented blockade through many clever obstructionist tactics in the Senate. Overall, Republicans said and implied in many novel ways that they would not recognize the President’s huge mandate.
Furthermore, Republicans say their win means American people are with them on issues. NOT TRUE. As mentioned earlier, two-thirds of eligible voters did not show up at the polls. The one third that showed up, mostly Republicans, is hardly enough to brag about “mandate.Secondly, look at the polls (regular polls, not exit polls) on issues Americans care about—immigration, economy, gun control, minimum wage, wage gap and who is responsible, the cuddling of the rich, climate change and environmental issues, jobs, education, equality issues, civil rights, women’s right, gay and lesbian rights, compromise in Washington, making government to work, even trivial issues like medical and pleasurable use of marijuana, etc, etc.—in all of these issues, American people are with Obama and Democrats.
So, when Republicans brag about the mid-term, know it is a BIG LIE indeed! They have no real feet to stand on when it comes to issues the American people care most about. Americans, surely, don’t want extremism and non-cooperation in the politics of Washington! Fight back with reason and facts!